Director of Sales, Russia & NIS
Hughes Network Systems Europe
Tel: +49 6155-8440
Fax: +49 6155-844-280
Dr. Arunas Slekys
Vice President, Corporate Marketing &
General Manager, Russia & NIS Region
Hughes Network Systems
11717 Exploration Lane
Germantown, MD 20876 USA
Tel: +1 301-428-5502
Fax: +1 301-428-5949
Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (HNS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes
Electronics Corporation (HUGHES), is the world's leading provider
of broadband satellite network solutions for businesses and consumers,
with more than 500,000 systems ordered or shipped to customers in
85 countries. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite
Internet access services, which it markets globally under the DIRECWAY®
brand. In addition, HNS is a leading manufacturer of DIRECTV® satellite
television receivers, having shipped more than 10 million systems
through the end of 2002.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C. in Germantown, Maryland, USA,
HNS maintains sales and support offices worldwide. HNS employs over
3,000 people in engineering, operations, marketing, sales, and support.
It operates manufacturing facilities in Maryland; San Diego, California;
Milton Keynes, U.K.; and Tijuana, Mexico. Affiliate companies in India
include Hughes Software Systems, a publicly traded software development
subsidiary and Hughes Escorts Communications Ltd. (HECL), a provider
of satellite communications services. HNS plants are ISO-9001 certified
in the U.S.A., U.K., and India, and ISO-9002 certified in Mexico.
The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors
Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings attributable to the
General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH). To learn more about
HNS, please visit www.hns.com
HNS is continuously expanding its international presence as its customer
base grows. It maintains operations facilities and/or sales offices
globally, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Brazil,
Mexico, China, Japan, Indonesia, India, the United Arab Emirates and
2002 Major Accomplishments
Launched DIRECWAY two-way
broadband by satellite Internet services in Europe with the opening
of a 3.6 million Euro facility in Griesheim, Germany.
Launched DIRECWAY two-way
broadband by satellite Internet services in Puerto Rico and Central
Launched the DW4020
broadband satellite terminal, a self-hosted, stand-alone terminal
requiring no external PC and performing many of the functions of a
typical IP router.
Program to establish performance standards for running software applications
To date over 35 members
have joined the Hughes Broadband Alliance Program – established
to encourage member companies to develop cutting-edge applications
for operation over SPACEWAY™.
Signed DIRECWAY contracts
with major leading North American and international companies including;
Casey’s General Stores, Casual Male, Marsh Supermarkets, Micro
Compact Car smart, KT Corporation (Korea Telecom), Wind Telecomunicazioni,
nl.tree (education), among others.
Increased DIRECWAY international
VAR program by signing AstraCom, AFSAT, Datasat, DELTA Telecom, EgyptSat,
Ethnet, IP Net, K-Class, SND Electronics.
Signed major contracts
for rural telephony in Dominican Republic and Paraguay.
Was awarded the Best
of Innovations Award at the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show, Frost
& Sullivan's Market Engineering Technology Award for the past
two consecutive years, and the PBI Media Telcom Marketing Award for
the U.S. launch of the DIRECWAY® two-way broadband-via-satellite
Surpassed the 10 million
mark for shipment of DIRECTV receiver systems.
To date nearly 160,000
DIRECWAY residential subscribers in the U.S.
Products and Services
DIRECWAY: Enterprise Services
Since 1985, HNS has used very small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems
to meet the networking needs of major corporations, telecommunications
service providers, and governments around the globe. These networks
provide rapid, reliable transmission of data, voice, and video to
virtually an unlimited number of sites. They are cost-efficient and
scalable across campus-wide, metropolitan or continent-wide requirements.
Based on the latest market research data by Comsys, June 2001, HNS
holds more than 50% cumulative market share in the global VSAT business.
With DIRECWAY broadband by satellite, HNS is expanding the capabilities
of private business networks by providing new services and IP-based
applications including Internet/Intranet, multicasting, video and
music broadcasting, web caching and messaging. Through membership
in its Broadband Alliance, best- of- breed product and value-added
application developers can join HNS to enable new generations of profit-enhancing
services, using DIRECWAY today and the next generation SPACEWAY® satellite
platform, scheduled to launch in 2003.
HNS' global enterprise services are sold into a variety of market
segments such as quick-service and family restaurants, convenience
stores/retail petroleum, retailers, automotive, banking and financial
institutions, energy, and government.
DIRECWAY: Consumer and SOHO
HNS provides DIRECWAY broadband satellite services in the U.S., Puerto
Rico, Central America and Europe to the SOHO (small office home office)
and consumer markets either directly or through value-added resellers
DIRECWAY sets the standard for broadband by satellite and is ideal
in urban, rural, and even the most remote locations. It offers ultimate
freedom from the limitations of cable and wire connectivity.
HNS is a leading manufacturer of DIRECTV set-top box systems, having
shipped more than 10 million through December 2002.
TES Quantum products offer enhanced digital access and advanced signaling
support to dramatically improve telephone services to rural communities,
developing countries and private voice networks. TES Quantum is a
satellite-based platform for intelligent voice and data services that
enables rapid deployment of an advanced telephony infrastructure using
VSATs anywhere in the world.
SPACEWAY is HNS' next-generation, satellite broadband communications
platform. Operating in the Ka-band, it will support a variety of advanced
DIRECWAY applications for both business and consumer users.
The SPACEWAY system will employ innovative on-board digital processors,
packet switching and spot beam technology to offer peer-to-peer (or
full mesh) communications and bandwidth-on-demand. This technology
also will offer direct connectivity without routing through a hub,
as well as broadcast capability throughout the services area.
The first North American satellite will be launched in 2003 with service
commencing in 2004.
AIReach Broadband is a state-of-the-art, next-generation point-to-multipoint
network solution for broadband wireless access and backhauling cellular
traffic. It gives carriers a powerful platform for offering “last-mile”
solutions that encompass voice, video, data, multimedia, and Internet
services. The wireless alternative to costly fiber deployment, and
leased circuits, AIReach Broadband is designed to help carriers implement
and launch revenue-generating services in the most cost-effective
and rapid way possible. The system operates in frequency bands between
3 GHz and 42 GHz and has been deployed worldwide.
Based in San Diego, this division designs and develops mobile satellite
systems and user terminals. Today, HNS supplies systems and terminals
to three of the world’s dominant operators in the mobile satellite
business, namely THURAYA, Inmarsat, and ICO. Its latest mobile phones
are lightweight, weighing less than 220 grams, and are designed to
operate in both Global System for Mobile (GSM) cellular as well as
satellite modes, for both voice and data services. Its portable data
terminals for intercontinental, multinational wireless Internet and
Intranet access in rural or remote areas are the size of a notebook
PC. These terminals provide “Internet everywhere” access, for e-mail,
file transfer and remote applications such as telemedicine, exploration,
mining, newsgathering, fleet operations, emergency management and